A laptop containing floor plans for Trump Towers and other national security information was stolen from an agent’s vehicle in New York City on Thursday.
The agency confirmed that an agency-issued laptop was stolen, but no details were offered about its contents. The Secret Service did say, however, that the laptop could not have itself contained classified information, but could have been used to access such information on the server.
Along with the laptop, the thief also managed to steal Secret Service official lapel pins.
The Secret Service agency released a statement on Friday, confirming the news:
“The U.S. Secret Service can confirm that an employee was the victim of a criminal act in which our Agency issued laptop computer was stolen. Secret Service-issued laptops contain multiple layers of security including full disk encryption and are not permitted to contain classified information.”
The agency also said that it would withhold further comment until the facts are gathered, as an investigation is ongoing.
According to the law enforcement sources, authorities are still searching for the laptop, and they feel that police would be able to catch the suspect from the video evidence.
Authorities can wipe the hard drive remotely if needed as the computer is encrypted.
The device was stolen during a break-in in Brooklyn, New York. The laptop belonged to a female Secret Service agent. The burglary took place on Thursday morning at 8:40 in the Bath Beach area of Brooklyn.
According to the CBS news, the computer had important files on Pope Francis. It also reported that other important information in the laptop included:
- Information about Trump Towers
- Information on Hillary Clinton
- The lapel pins of the Secret Service agent for Trump and Clinton campaigns and 2015 papal visit were also missing
Police is examining a surveillance video to identify the perpetrator.